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  1. This thread is informative but dismisses the efforts the organizers have invested in hosting you.  Please take a moment to send the folks a thank you note for putting on tours, shows, etc. you are sorry to have to miss and wish them the best.


    My wife and I are hosting a tour in July, so far, it is a go, but the dining halls we have booked are now closed, by government order.  Now what, I can to find alternate arrangements.  We are on but all of our work for the past year will have to be revamped for the current reality.


    Wish us luck, Gary



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  2. I've been interested in floor coverings for the rear tonneau for my early Buicks lately.  Coco mat is lovely for the 1915 McLaughlin, looks antique and the car has chestnut linoleum running board mats and front floor to match.  My 1913, however, is decorated in black and white colours with a thread bare, modern material, black carpet.    Once a person loads the car with luggage and lawn chairs, rear floor is covered anyway.


    My friend Gregg Lange, from Michigan, told me an original old Buick he knows of has a thin material floor covering and that comment got me thinking instead of carpet, something else.  Yesterday Bev and I visited a huge fabric store and I bought a piece of poly cotton blend fabric in dark gray and I plan to change the rear floor.  It is bonded so I can cut it to shape and have the edges serged.  Also in the photo is a sea grass mat I was going to use for carpet but Bev has been liking to keep it in the house.


    The top photo is a detail of my model 31 carpet and the second photo is the material I want to use laying on a sea grass mat.


    Go cat, go.  Gary




  3. First the elephant in the room, then a Snapper Tour update.  Presently there are no reports Covid-19 cases reported in Chatham Kent.  Registrations continue to be sent in for our Chatham 5 day tour and plans are being tweaked.  Yesterday I sent a message to the Snapper's club offering to postpone or cancel the event, Bev and I would be disappointed but understanding, I heard back, carry on.


    For the Buick side of things, we have 3 1913 Model 31 attending.  We were together at the Old Car Festival last fall, I have toured with Larry and Joyce, and with Lisa and Jim, but Larry has not run with Jim.  This summer we three are at the same hotel and driving together.  Jim told me he rebuilt his engine over the winter.


    We received a registration for a 1915 c55, 7 passenger touring car from Michigan and a second big 6 from Ontario hasn't registered but may be there.  I haven't gotten anything for a 2 cylinder Model F/G though they are around, however, one of our stops has an original, museum quality car to look at.  We have a c37 roadster from Michigan and a buddy from Ontario contacted me and said he sold his Ford and bought a 1913 McLaughlin 25 series touring car.  With my c25 that will be 2 McLaughlins and 7 Buicks to date.


    The picture was taken at last years Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village.  Good times.  Gary


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  4. Charge on, this afternoon I finished the rear floor woodwork, fit the tool box, made a pattern and then installed a 5/8th" thick cocoa mat.  I think the under seat toolbox, that is what I call it, is a McLaughlin only feature.  I saw cocoa mat in a friends car last summer and felt it is perfect for my car, also used for model T Ford rear mats.  Leather covers the tool box and back of the front seat.  The photos are start to finish and self explanatory.


    Regards, Gary







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  5. The best part of fixing 105 year old car is also the worst part.  No one knows everything or even anything.  I mounted my electric horn today in a bracket I designed, had fabricated and altered for the job.  A fellow sent me photos of a car the same make and model as mine, however I chose to mount the bracket and horn slightly differently.  It is a guess, using experience, judgement and "I think it will work and look best here."  If I am proven wrong I can change it.  Maybe this solution will become the "correct way it was done."


    Regards, Gary



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  6. In the top photo are some old parts I wanted to reproduce in thick, not stretchable leather and I have just the man for the job.  He is the last shoe repair guy in our small city of Chatham, On and he is a character.  Once he sent me back outside to look at his sign to see if the sign said anything about auto parts.


    In the last picture is a metal shop I used to make a bracket for the McLaughlin's newly acquired horn.  Every day brings me closer to completing the task, full steam ahead.


    Today, I received a registration for a Buick big 6, seven passenger touring car, for the AACA Snapper's tour in Chatham the second week of July and I sent an application to an owner of a second Buick big 6, we may have two!


    Regards, Gary





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  7. Interesting times.  The following tale I repeat recently happened to me and I do not intend this story to be praise or criticism of companies, the post office or Canada Customs.  The saying goes " it is what it is."

    I ordered some antique auto parts from a well known restoration supply company in California, (wink wink), the order was $90.00, the box was the smallest box I have ever seen and postage was $30.00.  Canada Customs charged me $25.00 taxes and handling and the box took two weeks to arrive.

    I ordered an 3/4 HP electric motor, to give you an idea of the size and weight from Amazon.ca on Friday.  It was delivered to my house Monday with taxes and shipping included in the purchase price.


    It is what it is.  Gary

  8. RansomEli;  In the photo and for test purposes we are using loose polyester batting sold for stuffing children's animals.  In the final product I have washed, curled horsehair from Weavers Leather Supply in Ohio.  I cannot tell the difference but I have a friend who can look at a job and say horsehair, poly or foam material.


    Funny story, A guy told me he bought some horsehair and soon had a house overrun by tiny moths.  I haven't brought my box into the house.


    Regards, Gary

  9. I am presently trimming a 1915 car, you did not say what your guy wants to upholster.  My car had a replacement interior which got us going but if it was bare there would still be pictures available to show how it should look.  My trimmer has never done anything this old so we are working on it together.  He made a pattern out of vynal, stretched it on the car, decided to make some changes and produced a second pattern before cutting into the leather finished material.


    Long story, short, sit down and practice.  I started by making drop sheets, sewing long seams, straight.  I doubt if your engineer began at the drafting table designing the Titanic.  How do you get to Carnegie Hall is an old joke.  Practice, man, practice.


    In the photo is the pattern for the front seat back.


    Regards, Gary


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  10. I finally did it.  Last summer, Joe, (Cardinal 95) advised me to change my Singer sewing machine to a DC motor rather than continue to fight with old clutch setup to slow the machine down for upholstery work.  I finished the change over yesterday and the machine will chug over at a pace I feel I can control.  Full steam ahead.  Gary




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  11. An update concerning the AACA Snapper's summer tour in Chatham, plans and routes are set until May.  That is when the registrations close and many details get hammered out and everything made ready for our guests.  Today, in the mail we received our 30th car registered and it is a Buick, we have 3 so far, also 4 REOs, 3 Oaklands, a few Cadillacs and 8 or 9 Fords.  Moline, McIntyre, White, Oldsmobile, EMF and Hupmobile are among the other cars coming.  Waiting for spring, I collect the mail everyday and am getting my McLaughlin finished.


    The first 3 pictures are Buicks which are coming then some of the others.


    Regards, Gary



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  12. I telephoned my little sister this morning to wish her a happy birthday, when we hung up Bev said I was acting as if it were my birthday.  Last week I ordered hardware from California, spoke with a plater to apply new nickel to my last 4 pieces, ordered a new DC motor and controller for my Singer industrial sewing machine and ordered beautiful material to use for our rear floor mat.

    I have 100 new upholstery buttons and now I see it is woefully short, I ordered 200 more and a 10" long tufting needle to make the assembly slicker.  Gregg Lange agreed to let me buy one of his horns, the last piece?  Probably not.

    The curator of the Canadian Automotive Museum measured the rear window of one of the their McLaughlin cars, 11" X 23", larger than I thought.  I made a paper pattern and it seems to work and will look great.


    Regards, Gary





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  13. Take your time and do it right.  Pat, my upholsterer and I felt the backrest springs were making the seat upholstery pattern too puffy and we devised a method to compress the bottom set of springs in line with the upper set.  Tomorrow we try again.


    Top photo is from today and the bottom picture is when I started the job.


    Regards, Gary




  14. McLaughlin Buicks used a diamond shaped radiator emblem and this theme is carried over to the rear window curtain.  I am trying to scale the size from this original old photograph and think 9" tall by 18" wide which would make the individual diamonds 3 3/8ths' by 4 1/2".  I made a half pattern, in the second photo the white paper will be black top material and the black will be clear.  It will take some skillful sewing but to my eyes it is a highlight of McLaughlin cars.


    Regards, Gary




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  15. I've registered to have our 1915 McLaughlin judged by the AACA at Auburn May 9th, now it's full steam ahead.


    The car is missing it's horn and I did not even know where it would mount.  I asked which horn was correct on a great site called BrassBuicks.org and received a quick response with pictures from my friend Gregg Lange.  I planned to use a Delco Remy horn but it is too long to fit the space so I phoned another friend, Bert, who is restoring a 1913 McLaughlin, similar to my car, and he has an extra proper horn and he is willing to let me have it.


    A person could have all the tea in China, but I wouldn't trade it for my life in this hobby.


    Regards, Gary

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  16. Working on old cars and learning a new skill.  Yesterday, Pat, my upholsterer brought to my workshop a diamond tufted pattern he laid out and sewed for my 1915 McLaughlin touring car.  We installed buttons and stuffed them as if it was the finished product and started to install it in the car's front seat.  When it is fitted to the car he will see what alterations need to be made, then the same system of pattern making for the rear seat back before he slices into the actual leather.  So far it's great, I even like the colour and the care Pat is taking so the job turns out beautifully.


    Pictures are self evident except for the 5 pound box of curled, washed horsehair I purchased from Weaver's Leather Supply in Ohio.


    Regards, Gary







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  17. Bev and I have been with the AACA for a short time and I am very much impress with the friendliness and efficiency of the office.  I mentioned in my weblog under Me and My Buick, here as well, I would like to have my car judged and today I received a registration packet for Auburn.

    I like the AACA to be pro active, it leads me to believe the club cares about me.

    Back to the shop, my 1915 McLaughlin has a deadline to meet.


    Thanks Steve, Gary


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